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A Pictorial History 






1857 * 1982 



1872 



1982 



An Unbroken Service 
Record of 110 Years 

The Schryver Insurance Agency was established in Polo in 1872 by M. E. 
Schryver I to offer the public complete insurance service. This ideal was con- 
tinued by M. E. Schryver 11 and today Service is still the fundamental keystone 
in conducting the Schryver Agency. We want to serve you. 





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M. E. Schryver I 



M. E. Schryver 



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M. E. Schryver III (Retired) 



STRONG COMPANIES - STRONG 
POLICIES! 



Economy Fire & Cas. Co. 
Hartford Insurance Group 
Hartford Steam Boiler Co. 
Hartford Livestock Ins. Co. 



U.S.F. & G. Ins. Co. 
Fidelity & Guaranty Und. 
U.S. Insurance Group 
Western Insurance Co's. 




Still Looking Ahead 

For many years we have represented on- 
ly Companies of the highest character - 
Companies that stand back of every 
policy in time of need. We will be happy 
to serve your insurance needs. 



Schryver Agency 




Jim Schryver 



Phone 946-3713 



Jim Schryver 



Polo, Illinois 




Celebrate the past. A past that has supphed ambition, ingenuity and en- 
trepreneurship. A past that has supphed us with a wonderful community 
in which to live, work and play. These qualities surfaced with many years 
of blood, sweat and hard work. From negotiations for placement of the 
railroad line, the first step to incorporation, to present day community 
activities. 

As you turn the pages of this pictoral history, you will meet a few of 
Polo's early citizens. You will take a walk down Mason Street in the 1880s 
and examine advertisements from the city's first businesses. This 
booklet, along with the weekly "Then and now" series printed in the Tri- 
County Press, is to illustrate the ambition of Polo's ancesters and to fur- 
ther that ambition as we make tomorrow's history today. 

Challenge the future. Not just as individuals, but as a community. 
Poloans have witnessed the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and will 
continue in the twenty-first century to strive for betterment of their com- 
munity. Small communities sometimes have a hard time meeting their 
goals, but Polo's past has shown that with the cooperation of her people, 
no goal is too large to reach. Without the ambition and cooperation of Polo 
pioneers, there would be no past to celebrate. Continuing in this pattern, 
we can challenge the future with bright hope. 

The committee for Polo's 125th Anniversary Celebration would like to 
thank everyone involved. Special thanks are extended to the Polo 
Historical Society for use of their pictures and their wealth of knowledge 
about the community. No one can fully appreciate the many hours of ef- 
fort and preparation for the seven-day salute to this great city. 



Pictoral History Booklet 

Nancy Olson, Jim Weed, Paul Graehling. 
Merle McCaffrey, Dorothy Kjolsing 



SAUK VALLEY COLLEGE 
L.R.C. 

099417 



Polo IL'.itli Anniversary Committee 

Ed Olsen President 

Jim Weed Treasurer 

JoAnn Boddiger Secretary 

Joan Higgs Activities 

JoeEichholz Publicity 

George Smith Parade 
Bob Palermini Special Events 



Polo - Celebrating the past 



As we look back on 125 years of Polo history, we 
must also celebrate the proud heritage of the set- 
tlers who sowed the seeds of her existence. The 
history is rich with firsts and stories of undeniable 
courage. 

The writing "Letters from Ogle and Carroll 
counties, 1838-'57" indicates that the first white 
settlement in Ogle County was made by Isaac 
Chambers some time between Christmas 1829 and 
early January, 1830. John Ankeney had traveled 
through the area a year or so before and staked a 
claim by stripping some bark from a tree. It is 
reported that much to Ankeney's distress, he 
found upon his return in spring, 1830, that 
Chambers had constructed on his site a cabin to 
be used as a tavern. This, however, did not 
discourage Ankeney from settling here and 
becoming one of the areas most active pioneers. 

By 1831, white settlers planted corn in what 
became Buffalo Grove, now Old Town. The area 
was so named because settlers found the bones of 
many buffalo who were said to have starved to 
death during the winter of 1778, when it snowed 
heavily, then warmed so that a hard crust formed 
over the snow, keeping the animals from their 
food. The Indians had named the area 
"Nanusha," which means "buffalo." There also is 
some reference to a town of St. Marion in this 
area, but the only post office on record was Buf- 
falo Grove. 

On "the first moon in June," 1831, area Indians 
held their annual council at Rock Island. From 
that meeting came rumors of ensuing wars. 

The settlers fled for Galena, but before they got 
there, news of a treaty reached them. They 
returned to this area only to be pushed out again 
the next planting season. 

Samuel Reed, one of the first settlers, had just 
planted potatoes and two acres of corn when an 
Indian friend warned him that some warring 
redmen were coming. Reed had planted on a 
Saturday. By Monday dusk, word of the Stillman 
War reached him. He and a company of fellow set- 



tlers took off for what is now Dixon, where the ar- 
mies were camped. 

The men returned to Buffalo Grove in 
September to plow, sow wheat and make hay 
before bringing their families back home. 

Again in 1833 it was rumored that the Indians 
were not happy with their treaty. This time the 
men quickly secured their families in Peoria 
County and returned to cultivate their crops. 
There was no attack. Before harvest time the 
families were back at the settlement, never to be 
scared away by the Indians again. 

This series of interruptions has been dubbed 
"Mammy Dixon's War" after a Mrs. Dixon who is 
credited with causing much of the commotion by 
gossiping of overheard Indian threats. They also 
have been called The Black Hawk Wars. 

Even with all of this to face, the proud pioneers 




Zenas Aplington 



who staked their claims here achieved many 
goals in short order. In 1833, Buffalo Grove had a 
postmaster, Elkanah P. Bush. Rockford, 111. had 
yet to establish a post office. 

The early settlers have the distinction of 
creating both the first schooling in the county and 
the first schoolhouse. In the winter of 1834-'35, 
Oliver W. Kellogg gave his house as a center of 
learning. Simon Fellows, 19, taught. In 1836, the 
United Brethren Church was erected for the dou- 
ble purpose of education and religion. 

Also in 1836, the first sawmill in the county was 
built by John D. Severson on Buffalo Creek. Pro- 
prietors were Kellogg, George D. Wilcoxen and 
Reason Wilcoxen. 

Does it sound like things were settled for people 
moving in at this time? Consider the story of the 
Pearson Shoemakers, who built a cabin here in 
the summer of 1834. When they first came to the 
area, they occupied an abandoned cabin. 

The dwelling they were building was so far from 
this first home that Mr. Shoemaker persuaded his 
young bride to join him in the new one before it 
had floor, window or door. It was fall before they 
got back to Indiana where they had come from, to 
buy doors and windows. Snow sometimes sifted in 
through the roof, but they remidied the situation 
by draping a comforter overhead and shaking it 
out in the morning. It was no solar home, but it 
was theirs. 

In 1837, Zenas Aplington, founder of Polo, mov- 
ed to Buffalo Grove at age 22. He was a man of 
many occupations, working his way up from 
sawmill hand to State Senator in 19 short years. 

This enterprising young man seized an oppor- 
tunity in the 1850s when Illinois Central Railroad 
executives decided to forego laying tracks on ex- 
pensive ground in Buffalo Grove. Aplington own- 
ed 40 acres of land east of the grove, where Polo is 
today. He gave the company permission to cut 
through it. 

Realizing what an opportunity it would be to live 
on the rail line, Aplington moved his Buffalo 
Grove home nearer to the tracks. He named the 
area Polo in honor of Venitian traveler Marco 
Polo. The original plat was verified in March, 
1853. There was a public sale of lots that May. 

The founder opened a general store in his home. 
He soon built Polo's first brick store building 
where Joe's Pizzaria now stands, on the north east 
corner of Mason and Franklin. By the winter of 
1834-'35, the town had a hotel, opened by Pearson 




Shoemaker. It was first known as the Empire 
House, but is better remembered by the name 
Orient House. Shoemaker rented it out until he 
moved to Polo to manage it in 1864. In 1855, the 
Buffalo Grove post office moved to Polo. 

The town had banking by 1856 and a newspaper, 
the Polo Transcript, by 1857. That year thr trains 
began rolling through town. The next year a 
steamplaning mill opened. In a short time, the 
town had many essential services. 

Aplington was instrumental in establishing the 
town's first church, Independent Presbyterian, in 
1856. Financial crises left him without a penny, 
but he still strove for better things. 

In 1858 he was selected to be State Senator for 
Ogle, Boone, Carroll and Winnebago counties. 
Records have it that he became a favorite of 
President Abraham Lincoln. Historical Society 
members, who have just opened his house as a 
museum of Polo history, say that Honest Abe slept 
at Aplington's house on at least one occassion. 

Once his Springfield duties were completed, he 
commenced raising an independent army of 
cavalry. Each man supplied his own horse and 
equipment. With Aplington at the helm, the group 
was incorporated into the Seventh Illinois 
Cavalry. The company entered United States ser- 
vice Sept. 13, 1861. Aplington was commissioned 
one of the majors. He died in May, 1863 in the Bat- 
tle of Corinth, survivied by a wife and six 
children. 

In the years ahead, Polo continued to progress. 
It became the trade and cultural center of Ogle 
County. A public library was opened here April 15, 
1871, one year before Chicago had such an institu- 
tion. 

This history should never be forgotten by those 
enjoying modern-day Polo. The pages of this book 
are filled with photos which tell the story of these 
years and beyond. 




This is a view of East Mason and Franklin streets, circa 
1880. The first building to the right of Franklin is now the Polo 
National Bank. The house next to it, whose space also is par- 



tially taken up by the bank, has been moved to North Division 
Street, where the Richard Folks now live. Lining the street are 
Polo's Civil War veterans. 



Buffalo Mutual 

Fire Insurance 

Company 




A Part of Polo 

For the Past 108 

Years 



Office located at Scholl Insurance Agency, 
112 N. Franklin 




Recognize Muench's Shoes and Hosiery and Sandy's Beauty 
Botique ' The East Mason building which houses them today 
was once Becker's harness shop. 



Professional Prescription Service 
"24 Hour Emergency Prescription Service" 

COMPLETE RECORD SERVICE 
•Sickroom Suplies • School Supplies 
•Film Supplies & Processing •Cosmetics 
•Greeting Cards •Watches 
•Russell Stover Candies 



MAnoWAflE STORES^ 



•Tru-Test Paints •Lawn Chief Mowers 
•Master Mechanic Hand Tools 
•Housewares •Toys •Gifts 
•Electric & Plumbing Supplies 
•Power Tools •Lawn & Garden 
•Automotive •Sporting Goods 
•Hunting & Fishing Licenses 

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Saturday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Sunday 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Charley Haisch, R.Ph. 
Have Your Doctor Call Us 

J!Mr]!M4'il!M:l.'.'.VJ; ^ 





Nancy^s 

CELLAR SALON 




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Phone 946-3410 



Rt. 1, Polo, 111. 61064 
Nancy Gorzny 



BODY REPAIR 

AUTO PAINHNG 

DU PONT 

LUCITECENTARIDULUX 



B & H Auto Body 
Repair 

Robert Bellows, Prop. 

409 N. Barber, Polo, Illinois 61064 
Phone: 946-2415 

'Beautiful Bodys are our Business" 



Serving Polo with 
distinction 

Brown-Seidel 
Funeral Home 

Russ Brown & Don Seidel 
601 South Division, Polo 



Like PoJo, we trace our 

ancestry back for 

125 Years. 




For that century and a quarter we have 

been dedicated to publishing the 

highest quaUty newspaper possible and 

serving Polo welL 



Tri-County Press 

"Illinois' finest newspaper in Illinois finest community" 




This house at the corner of Franklin and Webster streets was used as a school for 
a time when Mrs. Milbrey Mulnix lived in It. In the photo above, 1904, the house 
looks much as it does today with residents Ben and Conny Reints. The 1893 photo 
below shows that much remodeling has taken place. 




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These horses are traveling east on Mason Street. The photo was taken some time In the 1880s. 



Serving the Polo 
Area Since 1977 




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Savings & Loan Assoc. 



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Polo, Illinois - Ph. 815-946-2358 



Dixon, Illinois - Ph. 815-288-3315 



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1969 



14 Years of 

Professional Service to 

the Community. 



1982 



While Polo celebrates it 125th our Store more than 150,000 Prescriptions, a record 

will be celebrating its 14th year. During we are proud to have made. Professional 

our 14 years our Pharmacists have filled Service by Professional Pharmacists. 

"Best wishes to Polo during its 125th Anniversary Celebration" 

Daws Drug Store 

Gary Daws, R. Ph. 



Congratulations 

Polo on 

your 125 th 

The Upholstery 
Shoppe 

Cheryl Joiner 




The Eatery 



113 N. Division, Polo, II. 61064 
Ph. 815-946-2104 



Polo bricks were manufac- 
tured at a factory operated 
by the French family, located 
on Dixon Street east of Union 
Road. 



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George C. Smith 
Real Estate 




106 E. Mason, 946-2923 




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Buffalo Town Hall doesn't look like this today, but It replaced the Polo Opera House on Franklin 
Street, next to the Zenas Aplington Home, which Historical Society members have converted to a 
museum of Polo history. The hall was remodeled in 1957 to look as it does now. 



A Polo Firm 1919- -1982 



LENNOX HEATING 

and Air Conditioning 

SINCE 1921 



SKELGAS 

L.P. and Natural Gas 

APPLIANCES 



Ports 
Hardware 



Phone 946-2113 



We thought you^d like to know 




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Arthur Scholl 




Gloria & Richard Butler 



In 1905 J. Fred Scholl opened his insurance of- 
fice in the State Bank Building now occupied by 
the Polo National Bank. With the state bank 
closing in 1933, J. Fred moved his insurance 
business to his home until 1936. At this time he 
moved his office to the Illinois Freight House and 
shared occupancy with his brother Louis Scholl, 
who ran the John Deere Implement business. In 
1938, Fred relocated his business to 108 N. 
Franklin, where he was joined by his son, Arthur 
Scholl. Arthur and his son, Russell Scholl, con- 
tinued the business after Fred's death in 1949. In 
1953 Russell assumed ownership of the business 
following his father, Arthur's death. As the 
business expanded, the need for more space pro- 
mpted the move in 1959 to the Polo National 
Bank in what is now the walkup window. In 
September of 1959, Scholl Insurance Agency 
again relocated, this time at the present address 
of 112 N. Franklin Street. In 1974, Russell was 
joined in the business by his son-in-law, Richard 
D. Butler. This year, 1982, ownership of Scholl 
Insurance Agency was assumed by a new genera- 
tion of the Scholl family, Russell's daughter and 
son-in-law, Gloria J. and Richard D. Butler. 

We are proud to have participated in 77 years of 
the 125 years of Polo's history. As in the past, we 
will continue to provide the finest in all types of 
insurance and the best in quality service. 



Scholl Insurance Agency 

Insurance Since 1905 

112 N. Franklin Ave., P.O. Box 127, Polo, 111. 61064, 815-946-2324 



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1982 




Paints, Wallpaper, 

Painting, House 

Cleanings 

Supplies of all kinds 

Garden Supplies & 

Floral Service 

Brooks Paint 
Store 



Gala circuses and other celebrations used to come through 
town in grand parades. Today we have the Jaycees' Town and 
Country Days carnival in June. 




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The L.F. Thomas home, locaied at the southwest corner of 
Mason and Thomas Streets was the sight of this 1887 Thomas 
family photo. Seated (L to R) AIca and L.F. Thomas and their 



children, LouLou and Mabelle. (Front sitting) Eugene and Ted 
Thomas owned a paint store that was located where Benson's 
Home Furnishings is now located. 




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Congratulations 

Polo on your 

125th Year 



Good Food - 
Good Service 




Stop in for a good sandwich or 
a good meal at the 

Polo Family 
Restaurant 



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Downtown 

Polo, 111. 
,15-946-3003 



SERVICE TO THE FARMER 

Grain Picked Up Direct From Farm To Terminal 

Or you May Deliver To Our Elevator South Of 

Polo Or To Hazelhurst 



•Grain Bank 
•Customer Drying 
•Grind & Mix 
•Hull & Roll 



Tuffy Dog & Cat Food 
•Master-Mix Feeds 
•Liquid Protein 



Master 
Mix 



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More to Gainl 



HAZELHURST LUMBER & 
GRAIN 

Plant No. 3, Rt. 26 - Phone 946-3919 
Plant No. 1 - Phone 946-2918 or 225-7147 



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George Drenner stands in his millwork shop, 110 E. Golden St., circa 1900. 




Polo Floral continues its tradition 
of service for the community through 
design excellence, quality and 
courteous service. 

We wish Polo continued growth 
and plan to contribute with en- 
thusiasm to its success. 

Polo Floral and Gift 

122 West Mason, Polo, Illinois 



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Furniture 
Barn 



Furniture Barn GUARANTEES the LOWEST 
Price in Illinois. If any identical item can he 
purchased for less, within 30 days of pur- 
chase, we will gladly refund the difference to 
you in cash. 



We salute Polo on their 125th 
Anniversary and the fine people 
who live here. 



Corner of Mason & Division 
Polo, 111. 61064 



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Workers for Polo's Hemp Mill load trucks in a somewhat un- in the building that presently houses IMECO, south of town on 
conventional manner, for a trip to the plant which was located Route 26-52. 



Williamson 



Friedrich 



^^MATZNICK^^ 
Htg, & Cooling 

114 E. Mason. Polo 



Rheem Lennox 

Sheet Metal 

Gas, Oil, Electric 

Water Heaters, Wood 

Burners 

Tetco Eqpt., Solar Htg. 

Res. & Commercial 

946-2434 or 3422 




All Seasons Carpet & 
Upholstery Cleaners 

Polo, IL. (815) 946-3552 



Stop, let us do it! 



Bob Schmidt 



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J. Woolhiser built this furniture store in 1855, and to 
this day, furniture lias been its line of business. Ed 
Schmidt and his wife, Georgia, run the store today 



under the name "Furniture Barn." Ed says the idea for 
the name came from the building's shape. 




Here's an old downtown scene which tells a story right by Benson's Home Furnishings, Friendly Tap and, 
about how much the Mason Street business district as always, the Odd Fellows' Hall, 
has changed. These buildings are now occupied left to 

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Always Friendly Service From Karen Bazzell, Karen Olsen, Ed Olsen, Marcheil Boelens, Bud Olsen, Steve Bazzell. 




Original Plant 
1929 




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store & Grain Bins 
1982 



Polo's 125th Year 
' Our 53 rd Year 



Olsen's Elevator & Feeds, Inc. traces its roots back to 
May 15, 1929 when Axel Olsen, Sr. and Loue Madsen came 
from Rockford to Polo and purchased a feed business from 
William Schryver. Olsen became sole owner in 1937 when 
Madsen decided to return to Rockford. 

A new mill and elevator was erected in 1947 when a 
partnership was formed between Olsen and his son, Axel, 
Jr. Another son, Ed, joined the business in 1956 and 
became a partner in 1959. Axel, Sr. retired from active par- 
ticipation in the business in 1961. 

The erection of storage bins in 1966 allowed the com- 
pany to expand into the grain business. 

Ed Olsen became sole owner on Sept. 1, 1972. The 
business enjoyed another expansion in 1981 by moving of- 
fices and showroom to larger quarters in their newly 
remodeled location at 116 N. Franklin St. This move 
allowed space for the addition of products for lawn and 
garden care; an expanded line of pet and bird feeds; and a 
more complete line of animal health products. 

Olsen's Elevator is your dealer for Ralston Purina and 
Wayne Feeds and a full service, federally licensed 
warehouse, grain handling facility. 







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PNC, Inc. 




117 E. Mason, Polo, 111. 



BUFFALO 
AGENCY 



Lawrence Lannen Ben Reints, Jr. 

Conny Reints 
Anne Vock Teresa Criddle 

106 N, Franklin, P.O. Box. 185 

Polo, Illinois 61064 

815-946-3113 



This photo of the high 
school student body of 
1893 was shared by 
Jane Gribbins of Polo. 





Earth Moving 

Conservation Work 

Enloader Work 

Bills^ Excavating 
Service 

302 N. Prairie, Polo, Ph: 946-3716 



Congratulations 
To Polo 

Cross 
Trucking 



Steve, Sandy, Mike, Mark, Melissa 
RR 3 Polo Ph. 946-2159 



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REMODELING 



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of dozens of high quality pre-cut western red 
cedar homes 



Not Just a Dream - REALITY! 



You can still get a really high quality home at an affordable 
price from Cedar Forest Products Company. Pre-cut and 
delivered to your site ready-to-build. Solid 4"x8" 5-ply 
laminated western red cedar wall timbers in beautiful 
natural finish for a lifetime of low maintenance service. 
Complete with plans or with all supervision or contracting 
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Cedar Forest Products Co. Division of 

Farmers^ Lumber & Supply 

107 W. Golden, Polo. 111. - Phone 946-2331 



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We Are Proud To Be A Member 
Of The Polo Community 

HAPPY 125 th 
ANNIVERSARY 

A Manufacturer of Quality Products 

In A Quality Community 

Central Quality Industries, Inc. 





These gorgeous gals are, left to right: Jack Bracken, Ross 
Hostetter, R. M. Brand, Ray Reinert, George Franks, Bert 
Slater, Bill Begett, James Mayborn, E. J. Diehl and Leon A. 



Zick. The photo was taken during the Beauty Contest at the 
Polo Fall Festival, Sept. 13-14, 1928. 



DOROTHY'S 

BEAUiY 
SERVICE 

For Appointments 

Ph. 946-3714 - Personalized 

Service 

Dorothy Stauffer 

611 S. Congress Ave. 


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The Lutheran Church wears a much different face than it had were destroyed in a March 5, 1928 fire. The church was rebuilt 

when it was first built in 1863. The tall spires in the photo below as it appears above and dedicated Dec. 23 of the same year, on 

time for Christmas. 




Congratulations Polo 

on your 125th Year 




From 



Dambman Lawnmower Hospital 



946-2014 
Your Simplicity Dealer 




Don't Risk what you've built up 
over the last 125 years. 

See us for complete farm 
insurance protection 



•Fire 
•Wind 



•Crop Hail 
•Farm Liability 



DONT GAMBLE 

Your Farm Could Be on the Line 



FEDERAL KEMPER 

FORRESTON CO, 

MUTUAL 

ROCKFORD MUTUAL 



Phone Polo 946-2542 



Davis Insurance Agency 

Phyllis, Mike, Kathy, Doris 



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SAUK VALLEY COLLEGE 

L.R.C. 099417 




Bob Collins 
Construction 



This ice cream factory used to operate on the Jas. Woolsey 
property next door north from today's TriCounty Press office 
on Franklin Street. 




Custom Home Builder 

Remodeling and 

New Additions 

Also Farm Buildings 

946-2753 

404 S. Union Polo, 111. 



REAL 
ESTATE 

We will find, buy, sell or 

EXCHANGE 

Statewide MLS 

Specializing in Farms 

Appraisals 

For A Free Evaluation Analysis 
Call- 
Larry Yingling, GRl, 
. ^, ^ Realtor 

^ 946-2093 

^bJ rfd 3. Polo 



BLAIR-FUEHRER 

4G COMPANY 

INC. 




ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING COMPANY 



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BLACKHAWK 
REALTORS 



100 North Division/Polo, Illinois 

61064 

815-946-3060 



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Welcome To 

Polo^s 125th 
Celebration 



Bob Locke 

Truck & Auto Repair 

946-3613 




Specializing in Farms 

and Homes Sales in Polo 

and surrounding areas. 

Stoner Real Estate 

111 East Mason Street, Polo, Illinois 



Polo sported a fine 
basketball team in 1920. 
Members left to right 
were: H. K. Banernfeind, 
Rex Woodin, someone 
believed to be Maynard 
Strell, LaVerne Binkley, 
Wilbur Ban, Ernest 
Savage, Charles Franks, 
unknown and Freeman 
Bellows. 




Joes Pizza 



in Polo 

Best Pizza You Can Buy 

Now Making New Thick Crust 

Pizza 

Serving Polo 4 Years 



Ph. 946-3941 



102 E. Mason 



YOUR MOST 

COMPLETE Super 

Market 

with 

Fresh Baked Goods 

Daily 

<Sl Home Made Salads 

Plus Daily 
Magic Prices 





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This is a north view of the oldest of Polo's four schools. 
Congress Grade School today. In five years, declining 
enrollment and dwindling funds might run it out of 
business. This shot probably was taken soon after the 



school was built in 1899. The cannon in the foreground 
was a souvenir of the Civil War. It was scrapped for iron 
during World War II. 




Serving All Faiths with 
Distinction and Consideration 

Time for Reflection 

Thoughtful recollection is a tribute 
to a loved one and the aim of every 
service. 

Benson 
Funeral Home 

509 S.Franklin St. Polo, HI. 

Day or Night - Phone 946-2402 



Home of Quality Name 

Brand Furniture, 

Carpeting, Vinyl 

Flooring 

Armstrong, Berkline, 

Congoleum 

Eureka, Galazy, Pontiac 

Riverside, Salem 

Free estimates on Carpeting and Vinyl 
Flooring 

Benson^s Home 
Furnishings 

109 W. Mason - Polo 



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The high school 
graduating class of 1892 
was a bit smaller than to- 
day's. The two men are 
Claude Bambourow and 
John Mcllnay. Women, in 
alphabetical order, are 
Blanche E. (Kingery) Car- 
roll, Lillian N. (Allen) Clop- 
per, Cora E. (Bingamon) 
Day, Alice B. (Newcomer) 
Hersch, Agnes A. (Attley) 
McCoy, Luella Med- 
delkauff. Kittle (Klock) 
Metgles, Lyia D. (Attley) 
Sheley, Mabelle S. 
Thomas and Paulene 
(Moore) Wetzel. 




Congratulations 

Polo on your 

125th Year 





Dyers Mobil 
Super Service 



946-2993 



F.C. Schnulle 

E&S 
Construction 



Builders of 

Grain Bins, Steel Buildings 

Grain Legs 

R.F.D. 3 Polo, Illinois 

815-734-7248 



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Knots & Kneedles 

Kraft Shop 
119 E. Mason - 946-2422 
Marjorie Downes, Owner 



Congratulations 
to Polo 




Ludewig Trucking 

Mervin «Sl Gail 



"The Magic 
Touch 
Styling 
Salon'' 

115 E. Mason St. 
Polo, 111 61064 
Stylist ' Carla Wagner 

Phone: 946-2550 
"Styles for Guys and Gals" 





Four Generations of 

Service and 

Dependability 

MOUNT PLUMBING 
& HEATING, INC. 




MUENCH^S 

Shoes & Hosiery 

For The Entire Family 

Phone 946-3311 Polo, Illinois 



125 Years - Best 
Wishes %Polo 

Residential cement ■■spti^duu Farm 

Foundations & Walls 
All Types of Flatwork 



SINGLEY CONSTRUCTION 

Mike Carla Steve Jeff 

Ph. 946-3429 Polo, IL Rt. 1 



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The Polo Garment Factory, located in the building that Is now 
Central Quality Industries' plant II, was a big employer during 
the 1940s. General Supt. Leo Beniak apparently believed in 
equality of the sexes, for after the war, he made sewers of 
some returning servicemen. A branch of Rhea Manufacturing 
Co., the plant ran two shifts. 




Polo had a vaccine factory in the late '30s and early'40 s. 
The ASL plant, run by a Mr. White, eventually moved to 
Madison, Wis. The factory was in the Mason Street building 
which now houses Sugar 'N Spice, a children's clothing store. 




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One thing which hasn't changed much over the years is the 
exterior of the plant south of Polo on U.S. Route 52. Built as 
the nation's number one hemp mill during the war with Japan, 



the complex now houses IMECO, Inc., a company which pro- 
duces industrial refrigeration systems used by major food pro- 
cessing industries throughout the world. 



HAPPY 125th BIRTHDAY 




Imeco Manufacturers 
Industrial Thermal Transfer 
Equipment in Polo for World- 
Wide Distribution. 

Imeco is proud to have been 
located in Polo for over 30 
years. 






IMEC 




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Radio Ranch 
Incorporated 

is proud of our Polo Heritage 

We have served Nor- 
therwestern Illinois' electronic 
needs for the past 28 years 
from our Polo Headquarters. 
Call us for your 2 way radio, 
computer and telephone 
needs. 



ELECTRICAL 
CONTRACTOR 

Residential - 

Commercial 

Farm 






Jijoudia J^jounjoh^Srio. 



Authorized RADIO SHACK Dealer with computer repair dept. 

R.R. 3 ludson Road, Polo, \\Xa\w. 61064 
Ph. 815 946-2371 ■ follow Airport sign at south edge of Polo 






Van Oosten 
Electric 

Rt. 3, Polo, Illinois 




Elwood Diehl 



Congratulations Polo on 

your first 125 years from 

the staff of 

L. P. 
Thermogas 



Jeannine Linker 



Tim Bishop 



Bill Bertsch 



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LBl^liiliOM 




1876 



The Polo Manufacturing Company was organized in 1874. business. L. King and H. M. Funk, who invented the machines, 
Production of King and Funl( harvesters was the main line of were both Poloans. 



CONCRETE 

CONTRACTOR 

Foundations & Flatwork 

Driveways & Sidewalks 

Footings & Basement Floors 



SNOOK & SON 

Lynn L. Snook 

Ph. 946-2068 or 946-3755 - 504 S. Union. 
Polo 



Polo Quik Mart 

Groceries & Self Serve Gas 
946-9989 




Country Kitchen 

Home Cooking 

508 S. Division, 946-2668 



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THE PINES 
CHALET 

1 Mile West of White Pines State Park 

Wisconsin Cheese & Meats 
Special Order Trays for All Oc- 
casions. 

A Complete New line Of Gifts. 

DINING ROOM OPEN 

SALAD BAR SUNDAYS 

SHORT ORDERS 

Breakfast All Day Lunch & Dinner 
Hours 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday till 10 p.m. 
Sunday & Holidays 8 to 6 Closed Mondays 

OWNERS, HAROLD & MARGE ADAMS 
Phone 946-3517 


Sftccc<U Seed 0<nK ^a^UetU4- 
'ZcuUcUf Seed Suee f945' 

POLO SEED COMPANY 

DIAL 815/946-2018 
POLO, ILLINOIS 61064 


VILLAGE INN 
MOIEL 

Leon & Sally Rasmussen 
Owner 

•Room Phones 
•Color TV 
•Carpeted Rooms 
•Air Conditioned 

Most Major Credit Cards Accepted 
1007 S. Division (Hwys. 26 & 52), Polo 

946^2229 

1007 S. Division (Hwys. 26 & 52) 
Polo, Illinois 


Enjoy Roller Skating 
at the 

White Pines 
Roller Rink 

TELEPHONE 
Polo 946-9988 

Rt. 1 Mt. Morris 



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M.E.SCHRYVE 



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Ladder climbing used to be the sport of the day, and row-Petzy Abbott, William Weaver, Clayton Smith, two 

Polo was in it full swing. Here is the team which took na- Paw Paw men and John Miller. Middle row-Frank Inman, 

tional hook and ladder honors at Omaha in 1899, with M. E. Schryver, William Barkman and Warren Savage, 

sponsor M. E. Schryver. Pictured left to right are: Back Front row-John Weaver, John Abbott and Dallas Wendle. 

MASSEY-FERGUSON 
GEHL DODGE 



POLO MOTOR COMPANY 



103 South Division Avenue 
Polo, Illinois 61064 



Marvin Sarber Spencer Gentry 

Phone 
815^946^2511 

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Sandy^s 
Chandelier Room 

For Appointment Call 

946-2750 

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 

Men and Women Hair Styling 

II6V2 West Mason St. 


Pines Machine Shop, 
Inc. 

Designers & Manufacturers of 

Dies, Fixtures, Jigs, Gages 

Special Machines 

Lee Hunt Edgar Murney 

112 E. Buffalo St. 815-946-3318 
Polo, Illinois 61064 


Hank's Oil 
Company 

Gas & Fuel Oil 

Hank Van Oosten 

Polo 946-2937 Dixon 288-1 153 


Powell 
Motors 

General Auto 
Repair 

946-2013 


Allen 1' V 

Zenith Sales & Service 

(si fill %^yA 


Congratulations 

to Polo on the 

125th 

Anniversary 

Alrock Co. 

Paul Graehling 


107 N.Franklin 2600 N. Locust 
Polo Sterling 



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No, the Exchange Hotel (northwest corner of Mason and 
Franklin Streets) wasn't on fire when this photo was taken. 
Firemen were demonstrating the power of the city's new 
Water Works, established by ordinance in 1890. The hotel 
was the site of the show, because it was the tallest building in 
town. 



VILLAGE INN 
GUN SHOP 



Selections of 
Handguns - Rifles - Shotguns 



•BUY 



•TRADE 



•SELL 

Remington 

Winchester 

Smith & Wesson 

946-2229 



1007 South Division 
Polo, Illinois 



CHEVROLET BUICK 

BOMBERGER «& 

SON 




915 S. Division 

Polo, Illinois 61064 

Phone (815) 946-3711 

SALES & SERVICE 
you can depend upon 



MARJORIE 
JIM 



BEECHER 
WALT 



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Congratulations Polo 





Haldane Elevator 



946-2518 



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This is an old scene at the Polo Post Office. Pic- Coy, "beetsieaK iverson uaursey, "Brigham' 

tured left to right are: former postmaster, M. M. Mc- Young and A. D. Rowland. 



Congratulations Polo 




from your 

International 

Equipment 

Dealer 



Beede International 



928 S. Division, Polo, 946-2393 



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Polo Agri Systems Offers 
BINS & DRYERS 

to meet all your storage and drying 
requirements. 

Behlen & Chicago 
Eastern Grain Bins 

Super B Automatic Grain Dryers 

** + **** + 

Behlen Continuous Flow Dryers 

Behlen and Bryant - Poff Elevator 
Legs 

Mayrath Augers 

******** 

Hopper Bins, etc. 
Complete Line of Parts in Stock 

POLO AGRI SYSTEMS 

Polo, 111. Bill Saunders, Mgr. Ph. 946-2307 

"WHERE SERVICE MAKES THE 

DIEFERENCE" 



Polo Gas 
House 

Jim James, Owner 

Xmarathoni 



Greasing, Tractor Tire Repair, 

Wasiiing, Wheel Balance, Tune 

Up, Test Lane 



610 North Division 946-3812 




We Have 

Complete Grain Marketing 

Service 

Grain Drying «& Storage 

Picked up on your farm or 
delivered to our elevator 

Call 946-2600 or 938-3400 to 
check our grain prices 



Bocker Grain, 
Inc. 

Rt. 3, Polo, 111. (Hwy. 64 & West Branch) 



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The Barber family was responsible for much of Polo's 
early banking. Some time between 1800 and 1833, 
they built this brick building and operated a private bank 
through the year 1917. The exchange National Bank 
was operating at that time, and continued through fall. 



1932. The Polo State Bank organized after the Barber 
Bros. Bank folded, only to close in 1933. Polo National 
Bank was chartered Aug. 10, 1935, and has remained 
as Polo's only bank. 



State Farm 
Insurance 

Rod Daniels, Agent 

Home Offices, Bloomington, 

Illinois 




819 S. 13th St., Oregon, Illinois 

Office Phone 815-732-6690 

121 V2 N. Division St., Polo, 111. 61064 

Office Phone 815-946-3310 



Eberts 

Red Chair Barber Shop 

115 S. Franklin 

Hours - 5 to 9 p.m. Monday thru 

Thursday 

Give us a call for your construction 
needs and information about our or- 
chards. 

Max Ebert Rt. i, 946-2254 



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CsmplitiitiHS to 
tiiy friend 

Dink Terry 

This cartoon celebrating Polo's recovery from the Great Depression ran in the Tri-County 
Press June 20, 1935. 



We've enjoyed growing with you Polo. 
Congratulations on your 125th year. 



^ 



SiSSE >-k»u STO»e 





1966 



1982 



John Deere Farm Implements 

Besse Farm Store 

946-2321 



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McConaughy 

Chiropractic 

Clinic 


Congratulations 
Polo 

Robert Piha, MD 

101 W. Mason, Polo, IL 


Serving the Polo area as 

medical doctor for more 

than Fifty Years. 

L-R- McDaniel, 


Thomas A* 

Cline, D.D-S. 

Dentist 


Steven G* 
Sorenson, 

Dentist 


Chuck^s Shell 
Service 

24 Hour Wrecker Service 
Polo, Illinois 61064 
Phone 815-946-9984 



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The First Christian Church also has undergone church in September, 1906. Remodeling of the 
major remodeling. The congregation organized exterior was done in 1945. 
in February, 1904, and dedicated its first 




This building is no longer a church at all, but a 
home on Congress Street. The structure 
originally stood in 1859 as an Episcopal church 
where the Church of the Brethren is today at 
Congress and Webster. When the Episcopal 
congregation disbanded in 1880, the Church of 



the Brethren bought the building and held ser- 
vices in it until 1904, when it was sold and 
moved farther south on Congress, at which time 
the Brethren congregation built a new brick 
church on the land at Webster Street. 



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South End Phillips 

Gary Shipman 

Phillips 66 Products 

Phone 946-2711 - Polo, Illinois 

61064 




Insurance and lnv«estment Services 




Phyllis, Myrna, Bob 

Serving Polo Area 

Life, Health, Auto, Homeowner, 

Farmowner, Commercial, Crop Hail, Estate 

Planning 

109 E. Mason, Polo, Illinois 61064 

Office Phone 815-946-3452 



THANK YOU! 



We at KNIE'S would like to take this opportunity to say THANK- YOU for your 
patronage and hope that we may continue to serve you with NAME BRAND products 
in the years to come. "CHUCK KNIE" 




MAYTAG 

)J^ WhiteWestinghouse 



mn 



^^ 



mc 



POLO STERLING 

708 S DIVISION 946-2714 | | 115 W 3ril Si 626-5631 



DIXON 

421 W Isl St 288 3822 



SALES and SERVICE SINCE 1948! 






Family 
Owned and 
Operated! 




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Polo's CB&Q railroad depot 
located on Nortti Congress 
Street at what is now the Polo 
Co-op fertilizer plant, as it ap- 
peared in about 1910. 



■^PFfS__ 



■^j^ ■,.■'■— »c 




i.. •1-'*^. '■- -_^ 




Most Complete 
ction Service in 
Northern Illinois 

Melvin Haak, Auctioneer 

Ph. 946-3343, Polo, Rt. 1 



Kaufman^s 




Quality plus Savings 

where YOU're always 

first 



8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
7 Days a Week 

Corner of Colden & Division, Polo, 111. 



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H.B. HUNT. DRUGGI5 




H.B. Hunt, one of Polo's first druggists, is pictured in front of 
his Franklin Street store. 



We are proud to 

be a part of Polo^s 

History 

Pines Auto 
Repair 

Greg Wagner, Owner 
402 South Green St.. Polo - 946-2816 



Polo Animal 
Hospital 



@ 



QP 




Route 26 South, Polo, Illinois 

61064 

815-946-2417 

J.D. Clayton, D.V.M. 

J.T. O'Connor, D.V.M. 



Polo Cooperative 
Association 

105 West Oregon, Polo, Illinois 

61064 

815-946-2613 

A Farmer Owned 
Business 

Petroleum Products, Fertilizer, 

Ag Chemicals, Feed, Farm 

Supplies 

Remember Coop Dollars return 

more Farm Dollars 



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SAUK VALLEY CC LIBRARY 



110 Years of 

As Your Loc; 

Insurance A 



People You Know a 



You'll be up a trr 
y ourself if youj 

insurance covera 
isn't up to par 

All fooling aside, in 
quale insurance protec 
can really leave you ou 
a limb. Let us provide 
essential property in 
ance coverage you net 
for your family... horr 
car . . . business. Just 
us a call . . . today. 



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P76 1982 



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P76 1982 




SAUK VALLEY COLLEGE LIBRARY 

R.R. 5 

Dixon, IL 61021 




Many of the capital stock fire and casualty in- 
surance companies represented in our office have 
been rendering unfailing service in time of need for 
more than half a century. 



Schryver Agency 



Phone 946-3713 



Jim Schryver 



Polo, Illinois 



open the Doors 




To Polo^s ONLY Financial 
''Supermarket'' 

Serving YOU Since 1935 
With a Full Line of Financial Services 




Polo 

Notionol 

Bonk 



A FULL 

SERVICE 

BANK" 

101 West Mason Street, P.O. Box 278, Polo, Illinois 61064, Phone 815/946-2334